Guest Column: Officials Are Verbally Abused, Threatened


Last updated 4/8/2019 at 1:35pm

In the Jan. 17, 2019 edition you printed an article called “Saving the Zebras” by Jeremiah Reed. The article reports on the struggle to land high school officials and to keep them. He stated in his four-and-one-half years of reporting his coverage of the local sports and was glad to report that he has never seen an egregious abuse of officials, be it from coaches or parents.

As a former basketball official who officiated the Women’s Olympic team before they went to Greece, the first female official to officiate the men’s Bob Gibbons McDonalds All-American tournament at Duke, UNC an...

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